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A lifelong Velominatus, the history and culture within cycling fascinates Frank and, if given even the vaguest of excuses, will discuss it to exhuastion. A devoted cycling aesthete, the only thing more important to him than riding a bike well is looking good doing it. Frank is co-author along with the other Keepers of the popular book, The Rules, The Way of the Cycling Disciple and also writes a monthly column for the magazine, Cyclist. Email him directly at rouleur at velominati dot com.

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To keep chickens is to walk a path towards introspection. From the songs they sing after laying an egg (which I assume is “chicken” for “I’m Every Woman“) to the sheer glee they show when they find a worm in the mud, chickens provide a perfect example of living life in and for the moment. The most interesting aspect o...

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  1. @John Liu You can always get a mullet. »

  2. @rfreese888 I saw that the first time on my birthday in the 80’s or 90’s and I was so totally devastated that Merckx didn’t win. But now I love RdV and I’m devastated fuckn’ Demeyer won. Cheap win, but I never appreciate the value of drafting. @fignon… »

  3. @The Grande Fondue Great reminder of a great article. Still if you look at the drop to the drops from his saddle, that is about the 20cm I have from my saddle to stem so all I’m lower than him is the drop on the bars themselves (rotundos so not lots of… »

  4. @rfreese888 I am pleased to confirm that I have neither the inclination nor the experience to estimate which version of that crap song is the version that “cuts it”. @Dave Or the frequency with which they do it? @antihero Fo sho »

  5. @wilburrox There is so much awesome in this photo, including the bumble bee kit and aero fucking helmet. Those are V-inch cuffs on the socks, I think as well. @DeKerr The fact that cameras even allow this to happen is enough to start imposing trade… »

  6. @Buck Rogers I’m with you. @Marko rides them on the hoods and it fucks with my mind. For me, I have been moving more and more towards riding them in the drops; they flex more and your hands feel better in the long run. »

  7. @Owen I switch between them, no question. But for a combination of power, control, comfort, and speed, there is little that tops the hoods. @Haldy Or this one. This one is more badass than it is demonstrative of my point. And lets not forget … »

  8. @EBruner This to me is a very bad habit; the hoods are too easy to slip off from; the drops are much safer because you’re not just holding on by your thumbs. One of my most strictly-adhered to principles for descending is to do it in the drops; I get w… »

  9. @Ccos Two words: shallow drop bars. Even Rotundos are shallow compared to old school bars. Riding in the drops was a commitment with the drop was halfway down Eddy’s 19cm head tube! »

  10. @John Liu I never thought you’d ask. »

A great unknown awaits the young men, bound by a common entity of steel, flesh and passion rolled together. Do they contemplate the future, or are they so encapsulated in the here and now that anything beyond the finish line seems like it could only be for old people? Have they any inkling which path they will take, or be guided towards? Maybe...

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  1. Ok, its tired but this also doesn’t help the case. »

  2. @extra special and bitter I don’t know about others, but I hate him because he’s such a douchebag. Not for his doping or for loving Tri, though it doesn’t make the case any stronger. @girl I agree. Its very tiring. »

  3. @antihero Interesting how our own experience informs our assumptions, isn’t it? Clearly you have neither the skill nor the wherewithal to take photos while climbing. @unversio They are not Rotundos; they are ttt old stock somethingorothers that have th… »

  4. Hit the road yesterday on the dt steel and Eyeshades, just for fun. »

I’ve lost a lot of things that were, at some point or another, dear to me. At times, I’ve even cast them away deliberately, either because of a nurtured indifference or an irrational or impulsive dislike. Regret is an easy emotion to find in reflection, it lays right at the surface and provides us with a quick answer without requiring...

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  1. @unversio This sounds mystical, effervescent, and magical all in one shot! What a day! By the way, the Coefficient of Difficulty should go into the Lexi as the practical version of Rule #68, n’est pas? »

A great unknown awaits the young men, bound by a common entity of steel, flesh and passion rolled together. Do they contemplate the future, or are they so encapsulated in the here and now that anything beyond the finish line seems like it could only be for old people? Have they any inkling which path they will take, or be guided towards? Maybe...

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  1. @Harminator You just won the internet. »

  2. @Joe C. Fuck yeah he’s running road grippies. I had a set myself, they sucked donkeyballs but were one step closer to having brifters, apart from risking a catastrophic loss of control anytime you twisted the bars in the wet in order to shift. »

  3. Fuckin’ spot on, Bevin. »

The Bike. It is the central tool in pursuit of our craft. A Velominatus meticulously maintains their bicycles and adorns them with the essential, yet minimal, accoutrement. The Rules specify the principles of good taste in configuration and setup of our machines, but within those principles lies almost infinite room for personal taste.It seems in s...

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  1. @cognition Yes, and his “climbing gear” is a 39×23. Fuck compacts, bitches. Sur la plaque was ever thus. »

The Cogal of the Falling LeaVes is now an annual eVent. This is the carte edition.The route is unchanged from 2011-2013. The North Island offers a challenge for those looking to extend their fitness into ‘cross season. A southern section only offers a beautiful ride with a lunch stop in Coupeville and return. Eightzero will (as always) be in...

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  1. The Cogal of the Falling LeaVes is now an annual eVent. This is the carte edition.

    The route is unchanged from 2011-2013. The North Island offers a challenge for those looking to extend their fitness into ‘cross season. A southern section only offers a beautiful ride with a lunch stop in Coupeville and return. Eightzero will (as always) be in the groupetto.

    A no drop, casually deliberate ride on October 18, 2014. Bring your directions, the road has choices, and maybe (maybe) you don’t want to get lost. There are bailout points for shorter rides. Bring supplies, as Coupeville is the only, but most logical place for refuel and rewater.

    In keeping with the ferry schedule and change in season daylight, we plan a V past VV start. Note that coin operated showers are available at the Langley marina. Bring quarters. Mo’s Pub and Eatery in Langley has post ride food and malted recovery beverages, including the kind that come from a far off land renowned for its Islay and Highland (inter alia) versions.

    Ride directions here.

    Start/end: South Whidbey Island Commons and CoffeeHouse.

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    Date/Time
    Date - October 18, 2014
    10:05 AM - 4:15 PM

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    South Whidbey Island Commons and CoffeeHouse

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We are the Keepers of the Cog. In so being, we also maintain the sacred text wherein lie the simple truths of cycling etiquette known as The Rules. It is in our trust to maintain and endorse this list.The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path to La Vie Velominatus, not at the end; learning to balance them against one another and to welcome them...

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  1. @Quasar You may be our first openly Icelandic community member. Welcome! »

  2. @TheVid Great meeting you yesterday; I hope your drive back was safe! Recursion corrected… »

The Bike. It is the central tool in pursuit of our craft. A Velominatus meticulously maintains their bicycles and adorns them with the essential, yet minimal, accoutrement. The Rules specify the principles of good taste in configuration and setup of our machines, but within those principles lies almost infinite room for personal taste.It seems in s...

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  1. @Logan Everyone should inspect this bike in detail; what a cool contraption! I love the dt shifter for the fd and the mind-fuck 90-degree STI lever for the rear. »

I’ve lost a lot of things that were, at some point or another, dear to me. At times, I’ve even cast them away deliberately, either because of a nurtured indifference or an irrational or impulsive dislike. Regret is an easy emotion to find in reflection, it lays right at the surface and provides us with a quick answer without requiring...

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  1. @therealpeel Fantastic observation. I love this. Especially the line: »

  2. @VeloSix This is a very good goal. @chuckp Welcome back; take it day by day my friend. @Barracuda …I suppose that’s right! Hadn’t thought of it like that. This is my biggest beef with Strave; I love the social aspect and the training log s… »